Me, Myself & Ronchi - I
From: The Marriott, Perth
November 12, 2004 - 11.25 pm
It's been a couple of days since I landed in Perth. However, I couldn't sit down with my pen and paper (read keyboard and monitor, plus CPU or whatever you computer geeks call it) as I was tangled up in lots of press conferences, talk show interviews, parties etc. Boy, do these Waussies love their celebrities!
During the time I did get to get acquainted with the surrondings at the WACA as well as the Warriors I'll be playing alongside, I met up with this interesting bloke Luke Ronchi. Apparently, Waussies think of him as the next Adam Gilchrist, and the couple of net sessions that I did manage to attend, thanks to the security, were enough to make me agree with them.
Ronchi however aspires to play for Mumbai, for he thinks it is the stepping stone to his ultimate goal - replacing Parthiv Patel in the Indian squad. He's got competition now though, in the form of Dinesh Kaarthick. But it shouldn't be worrying, Ronchi could beat him any day.
A major part of yesterday was spent answering questions regarding a certain Dave Watt, who was called in as a replacement for the injured Brad Williams and Michael Clark, especially since we both come from the same part of the world, CWLand, and have spent lots of time hanging out at the CW Bar along with Aldex Feeney and Sangers Bhatia; note the irony - all four of us play for different teams in the development league.
Anyway, back to the controversial Reds whiner, Master Watt. From what I've heard, he was kicked out of Princes Town Pirates of the T&T league after being found drunk on the beach next to Brian Lara after a big night out on the turps together, instead of discussing batting, which is an important PTP pre-requisite for mediocre players like them.
Lara escaped the wrath of the board, but Watt wasn't spared; he was immediately got rid of. Out of job, and thus money for a much needed haircut, Watt called up Mr. Lillee, our President and hysterically begged for a place in the Warriors squad for the season. A good word from yours truly was enough to get Watt on board.
I did run into Watt this morning. He pretended as if he didn't recognize me; alcohol can have that effect. But I hope he's learned from his mistakes, the kid's got a future, carrying drinks for me and Ronchi.
I spent the morning bowling to Ronchi in the nets; he's Sachin Tendulkar Jr. with the bat and Adam Gilchrist Sr. with the gloves, if you believe me. In fact he's so good, he made me look like throwing pies. I'm scared to think what he'd make Watt look like!